Intel Core i7-965 XE & Core i7-920 Review
By Vince Freeman :
November 3, 2008
PCMark Vantage Performance
PCMark Vantage differs greatly from previous PCMark suites in that it does not isolate system components in the same way, and while supplying a PCMark System ranking, it will not specifically identify CPU performance. PCMark Vantage is still an important test, and using the Whitepaper as a guide, we have chosen the PCMark, Memories, Gaming, and Productivity suites. For all tests, we have used PCMark Vantage 1.0 with the hotfix applied.
Our first test is the overall PCMark Vantage PCMark score, which combines several tests from the other suites, and incorporates them into a system-level performance ranking. The Core i7-965XE naturally posts the top performance score, and is the only processor to get within striking distance of the 5K mark. The two lower-clocked Core i7 processors fall back, but still post very impressive scores, and place third and fourth.
The Memories, or digital imaging, section of PCMark Vantage is the most memory-centric part of the entire suite, and once again, the new Core i7 does extremely well here. The Core i7-965 XE and -940 processors are the cream of the crop, and the 3.2 GHz Core Extreme QX9770 only catches up to the 2.66 GHz Core i7-920.
The Gaming suite gives the clear advantage to the Core i7 processors, and no matter the clock speed, there is a very noticeable gap between these and the Core 2-based models.
The Productivity suite is the only one that the Core i7 falls down a bit in, and as this uses basic office procedures and applications, it is hardly surprising since these new processors are slightly overkill for these tasks.